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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2730

The final Sri Lankan battle will be in the sea and not land – Soosai, Sea Tiger

Chennai, 25 October, (Asiantribune.com): Junior Vikatan, a Tamil publication in Chennai, India, published an interview with the Sea Tiger Commander Soosai when negotiations were going on between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and the Government of Sri Lanka to re-open peace talks. At this stage Junior Vikataninterviewed Soosai, the Special Commander of the Sea Tigers to find out the position of the Tamil Tigers. Colonel Soosai: the place where our final battle would be determined too would also be the sea.Colonel Soosai: the place where our final battle would be determined too would also be the sea.

Junior Vikatan: The news in circulation suggest that you will not participate in the peace talks and is determined to engage in a military campaign against the Sri Lanka Armed Forces?

Special Commander Soosai: We are in the thick of a battle, risking our lives to bring peace to our land. When those countries who take interest in our welfare had created a climate for a peace talks we are not going to forsake such an opportunity."

We are in the thick of a battle, risking our lives to bring peace to our land. When those countries who take interest in our welfare had created a climate for a peace talks we are not going to forsake such an opportunity."

At the same time it has to be pointed out that a group within the Sri Lanka government as well as within the armed forces is stealthily operating to prevent peace talks. Their vicious military maneuvers are responsible for artillery shells and bombs raining into the areas where our people live, disturbing the peace and normalcy. This evil group opposes holding the talks. We are not against talks.

Junior Vikatan: Will you be participating in the peace talks if everything is in order?

Special Commander Soosai: Yes we will participate. I wish to convey our participation through your media. Five delegates from our side will participate in that talk.

Head of our Political Division Tamiselvan , Puleedevan, Head of the Tamil Eela police P, Nadesan and another two will be participating. We are not quite certain as to how far the Sinhala Army would go unleash a military campaign against our people to halt this peace talks. However we believe in peace. We don’t like war. Anyhow, it must be recognized that we are surviving in a situation where we are surviving in a situation of war. You must be able to comprehend this tricky situation.

Junior Vikatan: It is now said that in the event of another war it will be fought in the sea with you in command. It is also known that the Sri Lankan Navy is strengthened with modern weapons provided by the international community. How are you prepared to face these new developments?

Special Commander Soosai: Hereafter the war to crush Sri Lankan forces will not take place on land. It will take place in the sea. If the Sinhala Army continue to disturb the peace process the ultimate campaign would take place only in the sea because we are being surrounded by the ocean on three sides.

It is the ocean that will safeguard us. And the place where our final battle would be determined too would also be the sea. The Sinhala Army was first supplied with four modern vessels equipped with lethal weapons from China. All those vessels with artillery guns were destroyed by the Sea Tigers who crashed into those vessels. After that India gave a vessel called “Sarayu ” and USA gave a vessel called “Rogel” to the Sinhala Army.

When it comes to sea confrontation, no one can win over us. When you look at the navy organized and established by our leader Prabakaran, it remains as a fortress to safeguard the Tamil Eelam people as well as those people residing in the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu. It also serves as a buffer force preventing foreign forces threatening India.

Our sea division forces toil hard to safeguard the Tamil Nadu fisherman who comes over to fish in the sea.

Reason for this was from 1983 - 90, when heavy fighting was going on, our bases were located in coastal regions of Tamil Nadu. It was with the cooperation of the Tamil fishermen of that area that the liberation struggle movement was able to move on. For our growth and strength Tamil Nadu fishermen’s were responsible and their cooperation was immense. We think that providing them protection and security is the only way of paying back our gratitude to them.

On numerous occasions we have intervened and prevented Tamil Nadu fishermen from being arrested by the Sri Lanka Navy.

We have greatest respect and regard for the Tamils in Tamil Nadu and also to India as a whole. We appeal to India not to fall into the trap of the Sinhala Government. India should come forward take into consideration the reasons behind our just struggle and we believe that India alone can lay the foundation for our peoples’ well-being and peaceful life.

Junior Vikatan: Do you think the countries in the world would ever believe that even after Sri Lanka President announcing that they are ready for talks, the army of that country was involved in hostile activities? Will they not think that it was you people behind those attacks?

Special Commander Soosai: I will be in a position to give many examples that the Sinhala Government say something and do just the opposite. I will just give you only one example.

It has been said that Ranil Wickremasinghe is the one who is for peace. When he was the Prime Minister in (sic) 2001 (2002) the Ceasefire Agreement was signed. On the very day when our leader Prabakaran and Ranil were signing the Agreement, we were on a sea voyage.

At that point of time, the Sri Lanka navy stopped us and began attacking. We began to ponder whether we should start firing at the time a peace agreement was being signed. As we were considering about the type of response to the attack, some of our cadres were shot, killed and martyred. While we were hesitant that if we launch a defensive attack, it would have adverse repercussions on the peace talks, the Sinhala army was ready with its lethal weapons to attack us. The countries in the world should come forward to understand this.

In real sense the war is being thrust on us.

Junior Vikatan is one of the leading investigative journal published twice a week in Chennai, India. It is one of the prestigious publications by Anananda Vikatan Group, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

- Asian Tribune -

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